Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks from Upperclassmen

They’ve been where you’re going, and they have learned lessons the hard way. Take advantage of their wisdom with these great tips from Southeast’s upperclassmen!

  • Do not park where you aren’t supposed to. Tickets are real, and expensive. 
  • Get a planner. Use said planner. 
  • Get involved. Even if you end up not liking a group, you’ll make new friends along the way.
  • Introduce yourself to your professors
  • Call home at least once a week
  • Check portal announcements and the university calendar daily for cool events
  • There is an “any permit” lot located behind the football stadium that freshmen who live on South Campus can park in instead of parking all the way to "Pig Lot"
  • If you need volunteer hours, visit or call Campus life at 573-651-2280 
  • Don’t eat the same place for every meal. Switch it up or risk getting tired of Subway and Panda Express.
  • Be wary of 8 a.m. classes, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
  • Pig lot has air pumps if you need to fill your tires.
  • Take advantage of what Southeast has to offer: writing lab, tutoring, counseling services, leadership opportunities, etc. Everyone just wants to help you be successful.
  • Don’t go home every weekend. Some of my best memories are the random things people did in the dorms on the weekends.
  • You and your roommate won’t always get along, and that’s okay.
  • Even if you feel awkward or out of place, it’s okay. Everyone feels that way at some point. Don’t let it stop you from trying something new.
  • This is the most freedom you've probably ever had for the least responsibility... College is fun, but remember you're here for a degree!
  • Get to know the professors in your major. They're really cool and they help you a lot more when you're proactive on your future goals.
  • Make your advising appointment as soon as humanly possible.
  • When you're given your day to enroll, and it starts at 7 a.m., be on your computer with the CRNs of the classes you want ready.
  • It's okay--normal even--to change your major. I changed mine 4 times and I'm still graduating on time.
  • The best way to avoid cardiac hill is to walk by the practice field, and then take the elevator in Brant!
  • If you go to the welcome picnic, you will never have to buy cups again--they hand them out at almost every station.
  • Skipping class (3 credit hour MWF class) costs about $12.50 per day skipped... that's a pretty expensive nap.
  • Open your mind to other people's beliefs, and actively try to see their point of view.
  • ALWAYS ask for student discounts when buying food in Cape


Academic Hall 100D
New Student Programs
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701